Squash may have been the reason that Native Indians in South America left their hunter/gatherer ways and started growing their food. 0ur word "squash" comes from the Massachuset Indian word askutasquash, meaning "eaten raw or uncooked." Although the Indians may have eaten some forms of squash without cooking, today we usually like our squashes cooked.
Squash is usually divided into two groups: summer squash and winter squash. The late-growing, less symmetrical, odd-shaped, rough or warty kinds, small to medium in size, but with long-keeping qualities and hard rinds, are usually called winter squash. The small, quick-growing forms that are eaten before the rinds and seeds begin to harden are called summer squash.
Squashes are well known in North & South America, but since this is a plant that requires a fair amount of hot weather for best growth, it has never become very well known in northern Europe, the British Isles, or in similar areas with short or cool summers. Italy does grow some summer squash, including zucchini.
Acorn, butternut, yellow crookneck, spaghetti, zucchini and even pumpkin; what is your favorite and how do you prepare it?